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An Act of Kindness By a Child

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Years ago when our children were very young, they all started playing soccer with Park & Rec. With our first, my husband learned how to coach and he progressed in his expertise until he was certified in many different types of coaching styles and became the State of Oregon Girl's Soccer Coach of the Year, winning many tournaments and state championships. I was his inexperienced assistant so while he was away coaching one of our older sons in competitive ball, I was the go-to with our youngest - our daughter - when he wasn't available on the weekends to run the Park & Rec game. 

With Park & Rec, many children of different levels of athleticism and experience are put on the same team and the goal is (at least should be) for every child to have fun and have an equal opportunity to play the same as every other, regardless of their giftedness. A good coach will recognize that "winning" the game shouldn't be the goal of Park & Rec but rather the individual development of each child and their enjoyment of being part of a group which grows and gets better as the season progresses. Regardless of each child's ability, my husband always taught his teams to play "as" a team and emphasized basic skills which enabled the children to recognize team members and pass, dribble and really learn the game and have fun doing it. 

I will never forget the last game of the season when my daughter was in second grade. Near the end of the game, one of our more talented girls was fouled which gave her the chance to score on a direct kick. Rather than taking the kick herself, she gave the opportunity to one of our least talented girls who had never scored a goal the entire season. Markie took the kick and scored. I still remember the joy on her face and the face of her parents when this happened.  No one told the girl who gave up the kick to do this, but her act of kindness and recognition of her team member was such that it made a difference to Markie in what we call a "Park & Rec moment" where an unlikely child has a chance to shine. 

Comments (25)

Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist . I can tell you that 4 of the girls in the photo I posted became part of our competitive girls team which went onto win many tournaments in the Pacific NW.  The core of this team also went to one high school and they won the high school state championship 3 out of 4 years.  The girl who gave up the kick went on to play D3 college ball and now runs a day care here in Bend with her twin sister. 

Dec 22, 2023 12:51 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Lynnea - such surprises make these acts of kindness seem more special. Thank you for sharing the example. 



Dec 22, 2023 12:54 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Michael Jacobs . It was a special moment which I will not forget.

Dec 22, 2023 01:03 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Your story gave me shivers - how wonderful! My guess is that both girls' lives were enriched at that moment. 

Dec 22, 2023 02:20 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I know we as parents sure experienced it, Marte Cliff , and those special Park & Rec moments are among my most cherished memories.

Dec 22, 2023 02:22 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a wonderful act of kindness that was, and a beautiful thing for the rest of the team to witness. That young girl is growing up with a giving, caring attitude. And the smile on Markie's face and the emotions she experienced in that moment must have been priceless. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Dec 22, 2023 05:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lynnea- I love this story!!!  It's important to showcase acts of kindness, especially ones where young people are the givers!!!!  This young lady's parents should be proud. 

Dec 22, 2023 05:38 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a follower. I would love the follow

back. Also, then we both get 50 points. Bill

Dec 23, 2023 03:36 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is so wonderful, I hope that the parents of the more talented girl were proud of her, rather than disappointed that she didn't add to her goal total for the year, haha.

Dec 23, 2023 04:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Aww, that was a beautiful story! The girl who gave up the kick exuded kindness, and I'm so glad the girl who took the shot came back the following year. Great news all around.

Dec 23, 2023 04:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lynnea... what a beautiful story. I've often thought that we don't give children enough credit for sensitivity and kindness. Children could actually teach adults a thing or two about kindness.

Dec 23, 2023 06:23 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I'm positive that act of kindness to a fellow teammate has NEVER been forgotten and the confidence it built in that child is immeasurable.

Dec 23, 2023 07:23 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

That is so awesome! When you are abundant, sharing the stage is effortless . . . more grown-ups should remember what came naturally for a young'un! 

Dec 23, 2023 08:03 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lynnea,

I love this story! This is one of the reasons I love my grands to play sports. They learn it's more about the team then them. I have witnessed many similar kindnesses and it so heart warming to see!

Dec 23, 2023 08:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lynnea and great blog to share with us on the kindness of others.  I use to coach Little League years ago and it was important to me to give everyone equal time on the field.

Dec 23, 2023 09:37 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Colorado Broker / Referral Services

That's a great story of teamwork and sharing opportunities with your teammates.  It is exciting as a parent to watch your child grow and develop such skills and the right attitudes in sports!!  Thank you for sharing this story,  !!

Dec 23, 2023 10:09 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-617-6375
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Heart-warming to see the kindness demonstrated by the young girl! Great example.
All the best - Lynn

Dec 26, 2023 07:58 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

This is so beautiful. Thank you so very much for this lovely post.

Dec 26, 2023 08:30 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a great "Park and Rec" moment for the unlikely to happen for that child!  Very cool!  This is the best example of sportsmanship!

Dec 26, 2023 11:37 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Wow Lynnea that child really learned and practiced the meaning of team work!  Great story!

Jan 06, 2024 06:50 PM